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02-15-2012, 09:01 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
There is something to be said for the way this team is playing together. Yes, they give up more shots than they get many nights. Yes, they are less skilled than many teams they will face on a nightly basis. Yes, they rely upon Henke to bail them out at times. Yes, Dubinsky and Richards are both overpaid for the amount of points they chip in from a statistical perspective. Yes, they win most games and no team has figured out how to beat their system consistently.
They find a way to pot enough goals to come away with W's and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each member of the team has bought into the system and I cannot envision giving any of their players a more diminished role. Would it be nice to have somebody with the silky moves of Rick Nash, the wrister of Jeff Carter or the power game of Bobby Ryan? Yes, but not at the expense of a squad who is poised to continue winning at a historic rate. Relying at times upon the best goaltender in the league in his prime and blocking a lot of shots in front of him could definitely lead to hardware in the World's Most Famous Arena.
I challenge our brilliant GM, who made a move at the deadline three years ago that cemented the current squad as a contender to do absolutely nothing in the current year. Do not screw up this chemistry. Do not ship out anybody who plays on the current roster and keep our top prospects and picks in hand. The most important parts of the team aren't going anywhere after the season and if the chemistry and defense/goaltending does not prove to be enough, next year is also a very good possibility and moves can be made in the offseason/deadline next year. In fact, I would suggest Sather come right out to the media and tell them and his team that he will not be making any moves and he believes in our boys. It would go over huge in the room, I am sure.
BTW, the move he made three years ago by getting rid of Gomer in exchange for McD and what became Prust was absolutely brilliant. Not only because of those two players, but the move was really intended to open up cap space so they could sign Gabby in the offseason. Essentially, the move was Gomer in exchange for Gabby, McD and Pruster. One of the best trades in the history of NYR already.
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